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Robin Chhabra

Canada Research Chair in Autonomous Space Robotics and Mechatronics

Degrees: BASc (with Honours), Aerospace Engineering (Sharif University of Technology), MASc and PhD, Aerospace Engineering (University of Toronto)

Robin Chhabra is developing new intelligent guidance, navigation and control technologies for space robotic systems to address the off-nominal conditions that appear in space missions. This research will enable future space systems to perform autonomously in hostile and uncertain outer space environments. Autonomy is essential to dealing with fast, frequent and demanding missions with large communication delays that prevent any real-time manipulation from a distance (teleoperation). Space robotic systems—from space manipulators to exploration rovers—are inherently multidisciplinary and underactuated, thus limiting their autonomy during space missions. Chhabra is trying to develop new intelligent guidance, navigation and control technologies for these robotic systems that will ensure their long-term and reliable autonomy. The concepts, algorithms and technologies that Chhabra and his team develop may completely change our view of autonomous systems and open the door to new forms of intelligent robotics. Chhabra is the founder and director of Carleton University’s Autonomous Space Robotics and Mechatronics Laboratory (ASRoM-Lab).

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